Residents of Mosqui Ranchettes, Starlight Pines, Clear Creek Pines, Tamerron Pines, Ponderosa Pine, Timber Ridge, Pine Canyon, Blue Ridge Estates, Ponderosa Pine and Mogollon Ranch were ordered to evacuate late Sunday.
Fire danger remains high across Colorado on Monday due to warm, dry conditions, with Red Flag warnings in effect for areas from the southern foothills west of Denver to Colorado Springs southward and east toward Akron, Limon, and Burlington. Updates were also available on the DOT website.
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The highway is closed between Mile Post 290 at Clint's Wells (Lake Mary Road) to Mile Post 312.
The fire has burned 8,623 acres since it began Friday, according to the US Forest Service.
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Around 500 firefighters and seven hotshot crews are battling the blaze that is 0 percent contained. Officials asked that everyone in the area refrain from flying drones because they could interfere with monitoring and fighting the fire.
An area of low pressure developing over Arizona will continue to blow airborne particulates, including smoke from the Tinder Fire, off to the northeast.
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Meanwhile, two other fires burning since earlier this month are spreading fire crews thin, bur are more contained.